Trump will appoint a multitude of allies when the presidency ends


WASHINGTON (AP) – His time in the White House is coming to an end, with President Donald Trump rewarding some supporters and like-minded allies for the benefits and authority that come with serving on federal advisory boards and committees.

On Thursday, Trump announced his intention to nominate two authors who wrote books for him that flattered the board, which makes recommendations for educational research. A few authors a few days earlier had been elected to the same board to help write a favorable book on the president.

On Wednesday, the Department of Defense announced that Michael Pillsbury, Chinese Falcon, will be chairing a body that gives Pentagon leadership advice on enhancing national security. Pillsbury served as the president’s external advisor on China.

And on Tuesday, Trump said he would appoint his former advisor and 2016 campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s visitor board. Heidi Stirrup, an ally of Stephen Miller Adviser Trump, will join the same board. He was a White House liaison with the Department of Justice and was asked to leave the building when top-class officials learned of his efforts to gather inside information about ongoing cases and the ministry’s work on election fraud.

Transport Secretary Elaine Chao was among the nominees for the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Senator Mitch McConnell is also married to majority leader R-Ky.

Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union and heir to Trump’s false allegations of election fraud, will be a member of the board of directors of the Library of Congress Trust Fund.

It is not uncommon for outgoing presidents to appoint bodies and committees many times before leaving office. Three days after the end of his term, President Barack Obama has appointed Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and National Security Adviser Susan Rice to the Kennedy Center Board.

Paul Light, an expert on federal bureaucracy and a professor at New York University, described the practice as “indecent” and said every administration would do it.

“But no one does these things with more politicking than Trump,” Light said.

The positions Trump has held in recent weeks are usually on advisory boards where members go unpaid, although they reimburse travel expenses. In the positions, light is considered a “beautiful continuation value”.

The number of advisory board positions has jumped over the years. Light said he said previous administrations had done an honest job of getting people to match the kind of certifications and experiences that Congress envisioned when setting up the boards. Now you don’t see the same effort.

“It’s both the refunds and the discounts earned,” Light Trump said of his selections.

The White House did not respond to a request for an opinion on what the president wants to achieve with the appointments and how he believes they would improve the work of the federal government.

The consequences of the wave of appointments included Pentagon advisory boards.

Pillsbury was appointed to the Defense Policy Board. In addition, the Pentagon announced last week that Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie will serve in a separate unit, the Defense Company. This body provides Pentagon leadership with perspectives outside the private sector. Lewandowski was the first of Trump’s three campaign managers in 2016. Bossie was tasked with helping with the campaign’s legal challenges in this year’s presidential election.

They are to the delight of the administration, so President-elect Joe Biden can take his place quickly.

In another recent move, Trump elected global warming skeptic David Legates to serve on the President’s National Science Medal Committee. Legates wrote an article in April stating: “The actual hurricane, tornado, sea level, flood, drought and other historical records do not show unprecedented trends or changes, no threatening crisis, there is no evidence that people have replaced the massive natural forces that have always influenced climate and weather in the real world outside of the modeling laboratories. “

There will be 12 scientists and engineers appointed to award the medal who make outstanding contributions to the physical, biological, mathematical or engineering sciences.

In September, Trump told California leaders struggling with escalating fires associated with global warming that the climate is “getting cooler” again. “You’re just looking,” he added.

Light said some selections hit him when Trump declared, “I’m going out and slapping you once more. … you laughed at the exit, but I made the last decision.